As the Federal Director for Freedom to Marry, Jo Deutsch supervises the campaign’s effort to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and end marriage discrimination. Under her leadership, the organization has put together a bipartisan team to fight for marriage equality at the federal level. Before joining Freedom to Marry, Deutsch was a 26-year veteran of the labor movement, working extensively for the rights of workers, including LGBT workers and their families. Uniting her personal life as an out lesbian with her activist career, Deutsch says “there is nothing more rewarding than being able to now combine these efforts and spend both my professional and personal time working for the freedom to marry.“ A Florida native, she currently lives in Maryland with her partner of 29 years and their three children. “I will continue to fight until DOMA is repealed and every LGBT couple can legally marry,“ she says, “until the love of my life and I can walk down the aisle and be given away by our kids in the presence of our family and friends.”
Drum roll, please! We’re excited to present this year’s 100 Women We Love—our most diverse group of out entertainers, artists, athletes, activists, business principals and elected officials yet. Each of these women is a superstar in her own right. Their achievements and contributions shape our lives —and elevate us in the eyes of the world . They’re working to raise LGBT awareness, increase our visibility and quicken our progress toward a just society.
We are extremely proud to present the class of 2012. There are no rankings or numbers. They are all leaders.